Owl City meets Carly Rae Jepsen: What pop music should be

A little boy playing in the sand

Davey at the beach where I wrote this post. Not only was our time good at the beach, “Good Time” is Davey-approved.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call Me Maybe” is the best song in pop music right now. Don’t argue with me on this; it’s exactly what a pop song should be. Catchy, easy-to-learn lyrics that are incredibly fun to sing along with… It’s the perfect feel-good song. Owl City does pop well, too; in fact, he’s been one of my favorite artists for a few years now. Since “Fireflies” first hit the iTunes free single of the week and later tore up the radio, Owl City/Adam Young had mass happiness appeal. (Yes, “Fireflies” wasn’t his first or even best song, but it’s the song that put Owl City on the map for most people.) This is why “Good Time,” his new single with Jepsen, is a very good idea.

The fact that it’s a duet makes the song so much better. All parties need at least two people, right? But in all seriousness, this so-called “happy accident” (Young in an interview with MTV) sounds like a well-orchestrated masterpiece to me.

“Good Time” has an almost “California Gurls” or “Last Friday Night” feeling to it, but without all the trashy glam that accompanies the average Katy Perry song. It could easily become the next 13-year-olds’ pool party anthem or “that one song” that gets played at every dance, but I don’t mean that as a bad thing. A good pop song should have a “please overplay me” quality, but I beg you to please not ruin this song for me. It’s fast enough to dance to and simple enough to sing along; better yet, the lyrics aren’t cringeworthy in the least. No worries about letting your little sister jam along with you because “Good Time” proves that fun doesn’t have to be inappropriate.

I recently fell in love with Owl City’s last full album, All Things Bright and Beautiful (2011), but now I can’t wait to hear more from his next album, The Midsummer Station this August. If it’s anything like this single, it’ll be a really good time.

P.S. – Take some time to vote for “Good Time” (or vote for any of the other talented artists) on the About to Pop list this week.


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